Lisa Worf

Assistant News Director

Lisa Worf traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE. She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio. Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English. She covers several different areas with a focus on education. 

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One of North Carolina’s largest and most troubled prisons, Lanesboro Correctional Institution, will be turned into a prison for women in an effort to improve safety and security. Two prisons in Montgomery and Greene counties that currently hold women will be converted to maximum security prisons for men. 

One of the class's 30 recruits accepts his law enforcement certificate.
Lisa Worf / WFAE

CMPD added 30 new officers to its ranks Friday. They’re a highly sought after bunch since applications to CMPD and police departments across the country have dropped significantly.

The recruits took their oaths, following six months of training.

“You shall support this community in ways they can’t even understand right now,” Chief Kerr Putney told them. 

Lawana Mayfield was one of several city council members who expressed reservations about bringing back red light cameras.
Lisa Worf / WFAE

Red light cameras are still on the table, although several Charlotte city council members expressed reservations last night about bringing back the program.

Mecklenburg District Attorney's Office

The officers who shot and killed Jonathan Bennett during an ambush at CMPD headquarters in January have been cleared by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's office.

Charlotte School of Law
Davie Hinshaw / The Charlotte Observer

Nearly 300 former Charlotte School of Law students are now eligible to have their federal loans forgiven. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says that includes former students who withdrew on or after December 31, 2016.

Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE News

The national debate over school safety continues in the wake of tragedies including the fatal shootings of 17 people earlier this month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  There are strong calls for stricter gun control measures and a growing debate over the idea of arming teachers and school staffers.   Monday evening, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox and CMPD Chief Kerr Putney will participate in a Facebook Live event to address school safety. 

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Mecklenburg District Attorney Spencer Merriweather (right) and lawyer Benjamin Crump field questions at a forum hosted by the Mecklenburg County chapter of the NAACP.
Lisa Worf / WFAE

Two attorneys who are used to being on different sides of the courtroom shard a stage Monday night: Mecklenburg County’s first black District Attorney Spencer Merriweather and Benjamin Crump, a lawyer who has represented families of victims in a number of highly-publicized killings of African Americans. The forum was hosted by the Mecklenburg County chapter of the NAACP. There was some disagreement, but the two had several areas of common ground. 

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Those who handle domestic violence cases in Mecklenburg County are zeroing in on a particular crime - strangulation. In June, CMPD investigators, prosecutors, and medical providers will undergo training on how to better identify these victims and bring their cases to court. 

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Updated at 5:30pm:

CMPD has identified the officer who was shot in the leg as Casey Shue. She's expected to recover. Shue was hired in 2014 and assigned to the North Tryon Division Crime Reduction Unit. 

This ruling comes as many congressional candidates are getting ready to file for office. The primary is set for May 8 and it’s a familiar situation for two Republicans running in the state’s 9th Congressional district.